Alternative Ways Of Making Your Garden Grow
If you’re desperate for your garden to grow but don’t have the money to buy a fertiliser or the time to make your own then there are hundreds of old-fashioned gardening methods which some people still use today. So whether they help or hinder they are surely worth a try as they’ve survived the ages when many others are left behind. Based on things that are readily available in your home, they are not only cheap but a great way of recycling too.
Fresh or used coffee grounds are often said to help plants grow and can be a great source of nutrients for plants that like acidic soil. Too many can be harmful for some plants and can leave them dried and wilted but just the right amount can be the perfect fertiliser. Adding coffee grounds to compost can also speed up its decomposition, while adding them to soil can prove to be an effective slug repellent. So don’t throw away your used coffee grounds when using them as part of your planting and fertilising programme can help your flowers to grow.
Research suggests that dried and cracked egg shells are a good source of calcium for your garden and can keep your plants and flowers healthy and in bloom. Gardening professionals have been known to use crushed egg shells instead of stones in plant pots, while they are also said to be a great slug repellent. The calcium is said to be particularly good for tomato plants which need the extra nutrients to ward off blossom end rot. Powdered milk is also thought to be a useful source of calcium and can be sprinkled on the soil as often as you need.
Aspirin & Epsom Salts
Tests carried out on flowering plants have shown that mixing water feeds with a little bit of aspirin can help your garden to grow. Boosting their natural defences and encouraging germination, the use of aspirin is thought to go a long way. So if you wish that your garden spraying had more of an effect, why not try a little medicinal approach to see how your plants react.
Epsom Salts are also thought to be a good source of magnesium for your garden and can be mixed into your soil when planting for a little added boost.
With a renewed spirit for ending waste, food recycling has become more important than it has almost ever been before. As a result, there has been a noticeable rise in the number of old-fashioned recycling ways with more leftover recipes cooked and more things puts to good use. When it comes to food, stale bread and unwanted fruit can be given to the birds, while unwanted dog food can be put out for the hedgehogs. However when it comes to bananas there are a number of garden maintenance things that you can do. As a rich source of potassium, bananas and their skins are great for growing roses and can be used as a puree to pour on or in pieces in the soil. They are also great for adding nutrients to compost and are thought to help keep aphids away.
So if you have things in your home that you’re getting ready to throw then why not check whether they’re any good for your garden before they go. Not only does it resonate with the renewed waste not want not society but it can also help you to create a natural and blooming garden fitting of Eden.
For more ideas: Garden maintenance experts Fulham